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Country profile: Italy

Country profile: Italy

27 December 2020

Cinecittà SPA’s new Sales and Marketing Office takes shape, led by Lucia Milazzotto

Industry / Market - Italy

Cinecittà SPA’s new Sales and Marketing Office takes shape, led by Lucia Milazzotto

The department’s aim is to work alongside the firm’s wider recovery plan to strengthen the studios’ market position and enhance their brand visibility  

25 October 2021

When East Meets West launches its Slate Market

Trieste 2022 – WEMW

When East Meets West launches its Slate Market

The industry platform has also opened its call for all of its works-in-progress sections  

20 October 2021

MIA asks: What are the realities and hopes for equity investment?

MIA 2021

MIA asks: What are the realities and hopes for equity investment?

A panel discussed how equity investors can help finance high-budget productions, and cover development or gap expenses  

19 October 2021

The future state of the film industry explored at MIA Market

MIA 2021

The future state of the film industry explored at MIA Market

At the Italian event, a panel of film experts discussed the challenges they have been facing in recent times and what could keep the industry afloat in the future  

18 October 2021

The MIA Market hands out its top award to Fireworks and Gold War

MIA 2021 – Awards

The MIA Market hands out its top award to Fireworks and Gold War

At the Italian market, the two drama series shared the Paramount+ Award offered by ViacomCBS International Studios  

18 October 2021

The 2021 TFL SeriesLab lands at the MIA

MIA 2021

The 2021 TFL SeriesLab lands at the MIA

Developed over the course of the year thanks to the TorinoFilmLab programme, 9 TV series projects are set to be presented at Rome’s International Audiovisual Market  

13 October 2021

Europa Distribution set to recover, reboot and reshape the industry in Rome

MIA 2021

Europa Distribution set to recover, reboot and reshape the industry in Rome

The professional network will hold its 15th annual conference, as well as an open panel about the longer-term effects of the health crisis, during the MIA Market  

12 October 2021

When East Meets West opens its call

Trieste 2022 - WEMW

When East Meets West opens its call

The upcoming edition of the co-production forum also marks the start of a new era, changing its traditional format and launching a Slate Market  

05 October 2021

Top players from all over the world will shine at the MIA in Rome

MIA 2021

Top players from all over the world will shine at the MIA in Rome

From 13 to 17 October, the MIA International Audiovisual Market in Rome returns, with 80 market and world previews, 140 titles including films, series and documentaries  

28 September 2021

VR technologies and metaverses are set to change media production and entertainment modes, say panellists at the Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

VR technologies and metaverses are set to change media production and entertainment modes, say panellists at the Venice Production Bridge

Experts discussed how creators are pushing the boundaries to create real-time, multi-person experiences ranging from festivals, live performance, games and other artistic forms  

14 September 2021

Co-productions are still European film industry’s firepower, say the panellists of the European Producers Club

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

Co-productions are still European film industry’s firepower, say the panellists of the European Producers Club

The talk explored the measures put in place by European film bodies to resume filming, the new opportunities offered by virtual production and new co-productions models  

14 September 2021

The challenges of independent immersive content rounded off this year’s Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

The challenges of independent immersive content rounded off this year’s Venice Production Bridge

VENICE 2021: The discussion focused on the issues posed by the platforms’ moral standards, how these can affect artistic expression and the main technical problems incurred in VR exhibition  

10 September 2021

The awards of the ninth edition of Final Cut handed out at Venice

Venice 2021 – Venice Production Bridge

The awards of the ninth edition of Final Cut handed out at Venice

VENICE 2021: The initiative is intended to back films in post-production from Africa and the Arab countries; all of the awarded projects are being co-produced with European countries  

09 September 2021

Gender equality and inclusivity take centre stage at this year’s Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

Gender equality and inclusivity take centre stage at this year’s Venice Production Bridge

VENICE 2021: The 12-month update on the current state of things demonstrated that some progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go to achieve true equality  

08 September 2021

The European VoD market still has plenty of room for expansion, say the experts at Venice

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

The European VoD market still has plenty of room for expansion, say the experts at Venice

VENICE 2021: At the conference hosted by the Venice Production Bridge, industry players discussed recent VoD growth trends and the main challenges faced by distributors, rights holders and streamers  

06 September 2021

In CICAE’s view, the arthouse sector’s main challenge in 2021 is still bringing viewers back to theatres

Venice 2021 – Venice Production Bridge

In CICAE’s view, the arthouse sector’s main challenge in 2021 is still bringing viewers back to theatres

VENICE 2021: The panel, entitled “Strategies for the Arthouse Industry in the Post-pandemic Era”, was held in the Hotel Excelsior’s Spazio Incontri on 3 September  

04 September 2021

Francophone Fund's Clap ACP in Venice

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

Francophone Fund's Clap ACP in Venice

50 film projects from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are to be presented by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie on 4 September  

31 August 2021

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/Ireland/Italy/Germany/Switzerland/Austria

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

The premium streaming service will be available in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022  

10 August 2021

The MIA returns with a revamped array of audiovisual content

MIA 2021

The MIA returns with a revamped array of audiovisual content

The International Audiovisual Market will unspool in Rome 13-17 October with two new sections dedicated to the best of scripted and unscripted production  

02 August 2021

Final Cut in Venice announces its six titles selected for 2021

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

Final Cut in Venice announces its six titles selected for 2021

The nineth edition of the initiative supporting the post-production of films hailing from African countries, as well as from Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, is unspooling 5 – 7 September  

21 July 2021

The Venice Gap-Financing Market selects 57 projects from all around the world

Venice 2021 – Venice Production Bridge

The Venice Gap-Financing Market selects 57 projects from all around the world

Wim Wenders is among those selected for the eighth edition of the market, which is dedicated to projects at an advanced stage of funding and development, and is unfolding 3-5 September  

05 July 2021

Ties That Bind organises a hybrid edition in Udine

EAVE

Ties That Bind organises a hybrid edition in Udine

The second workshop of the programme is currently running in parallel with Focus Asia at the Far East Film Festival  

02 July 2021

The fifth edition of Olbia Film Network is ready and raring to go

Italy

The fifth edition of Olbia Film Network is ready and raring to go

Attracting the best of independent film productions to Sardinia, and attended by producers, distributors, directors and actors and buyers from all over the world, the festival is unspooling 25-26 June  

24 June 2021

Ties That Bind opens its call for applications

EAVE

Ties That Bind opens its call for applications

The upcoming edition of the Asia-Europe Co-Production Workshop is awaiting new projects, with the submission deadline set as 23 August  

23 June 2021

Anica Academy announces training courses in collaboration with major industry players

Industry / Market - Italy

Anica Academy announces training courses in collaboration with major industry players

The Italian association will train young professionals in development, writing, production, post-production, distribution, rights and marketing, in league with Netflix, RAI, Medusa and more  

11 June 2021

CIRCLE kicks off with 12 new projects

Industry / Market - Serbia/Montenegro/Italy

CIRCLE kicks off with 12 new projects

The fourth edition of the Women Doc Accelerator starts with its first module this week in Serbia, which will be followed by events in Montenegro and at Trieste's When East Meets West  

08 June 2021

The IDM Film Fund & Commission’s annual film conference takes place online

Industry / Market - Italy

The IDM Film Fund & Commission’s annual film conference takes place online

At the end of May, international representatives of the film and television industry met at INCONTRI #10 for the annual South Tyrol-based film conference  

07 June 2021

WEMW Goes to Russia announces its selection

Trieste 2022 - WEMW

WEMW Goes to Russia announces its selection

In collaboration with ROSKINO, the Italian market is organising a co-production pitching session during the upcoming Key Buyers Event: Digital  

04 June 2021

The Italian government commits an extra 40 million euros in aid of cinemas re-opening

Institutions / Legislation - Italy

The Italian government commits an extra 40 million euros in aid of cinemas re-opening

The Minister for Culture’s contribution brings the total sum of extraordinary resources pledged to film upwards of €275 million  

28 May 2021

The Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy opens call for participants

Industry / Market - Italy

The Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy opens call for participants

The training initiative, set to take place from 30 August to 8 September 2021, will be accepting applications until 20 June  

26 April 2021

Italian cinemas reopen, France and the UK warm up the engines

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

Italian cinemas reopen, France and the UK warm up the engines

Cinemas in Italy are open from today, but with which films remains uncertain. Many European countries are still in doubt, while France and the UK are looking at 17 May for reopening  

26 April 2021

CinemaLive launches a masterclass on the management of exploitation rights

Industry / Market - Italy

CinemaLive launches a masterclass on the management of exploitation rights

The Italian course will focus on the relationship between independent producers and VOD platforms who act as funders for the former, in this period of market acceleration and regulatory change  

20 April 2021

WEMW Goes to Russia

Trieste 2022 – WEMW

WEMW Goes to Russia

Thanks to a new partnership with ROSKINO, the Italian co-production forum is focusing on the Russian market and is launching an event for international co-productions  

12 April 2021

Goodbye censorship, now is the age of “auto-classification”

Institutions / Legislation - Italy

Goodbye censorship, now is the age of “auto-classification”

A new commission will evaluate the correct classification of works by producers or distributors based on the four sections outlined in the 2016 Cinema Law of Italy  

08 April 2021

The Association of Italian Film Festivals' research confirms the future of festivals is hybrid

Industry / Market - Italy

The Association of Italian Film Festivals' research confirms the future of festivals is hybrid

The AFIC has explained its findings over the future of film events, which confirm the vitality of a sector which has contended with the health crisis more effectively than any other  

01 April 2021

Italy sees a boom in film production

Industry / Market - Italy

Italy sees a boom in film production

230 audiovisual productions are underway in the Roman region alone, according to ANICA president Francesco Rutelli, who took part in a conference on the future of the film industry  

01 April 2021

EAVE PUENTES 2020 wraps its second workshop

EAVE

EAVE PUENTES 2020 wraps its second workshop

Marking another successful edition, the specialised training programme for the development of European-Latin American projects has now concluded its online version  

19 March 2021

Nexo Digital launches Nexo+, throwing down the gauntlet to the algorithm approach

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Italy

Nexo Digital launches Nexo+, throwing down the gauntlet to the algorithm approach

The distributor and producer specialising in event cinema has launched its very own SVOD platform, offering up arthouse works, documentaries, operas and concerts  

11 March 2021

The second EAVE PUENTES 2020 workshop and PUENTES ITALIA are ready to run

EAVE

The second EAVE PUENTES 2020 workshop and PUENTES ITALIA are ready to run

In a completely new digital environment called the EAVE COMMUNITY, the two workshops will run in parallel and be hosted by the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund  

05 March 2021

True Colours is touting the psychological thriller The Guest Room

Berlinale 2021 – EFM

True Colours is touting the psychological thriller The Guest Room

The Italian international sales agency’s line-up at the Berlin-based market also includes 200 Meters, Zanka Contact, Why Not You and Il materiale emotivo  

01 March 2021

Vision Distribution pins its hopes on Atlas and Lei mi parla ancora

Berlinale 2021 – EFM

Vision Distribution pins its hopes on Atlas and Lei mi parla ancora

The European Film Market will see the Italian sales agent touting unseen or recently distributed titles in Italy, ranging from dramas to comedies  

25 February 2021

IDS - Italian Doc Screenings Industry to discuss the future of Italian documentaries

Industry / Market - Italy

IDS - Italian Doc Screenings Industry to discuss the future of Italian documentaries

The market’s 14th edition will unspool online, running 4 – 6 March, promoting 12 projects in search of international co-producers and hosting panel discussions on European production  

24 February 2021

EAVE PUENTES is in search of its participants for 2021

EAVE

EAVE PUENTES is in search of its participants for 2021

The 12th edition of the specialised training programme for the development of European-Latin American projects is aiming to welcome 15 professionals this year  

22 February 2021

REPORT: When East Meets West 2021

Trieste 2021 – WEMW

REPORT: When East Meets West 2021

We profile the winning projects from this year's virtual When East Meets West co-production forum  

02 February 2021

Italian productions drove the box office forward in 2020, winning a market share of 56.56%

Box Office - Italy

Italian productions drove the box office forward in 2020, winning a market share of 56.56%

According to Cinetel, January 2020 saw the 3rd best box office result in 10 years while cinema admissions ahead of the crisis grew by 20% with respect to 2019  

29 January 2021

First Cut+ hands out its awards at When East Meets West

Trieste 2021 – WEMW/Awards

First Cut+ hands out its awards at When East Meets West

Organised during WEMW for the second consecutive year, the programme has awarded prizes to the upcoming film projects by Araceli Lemos and Peter Kerekes  

28 January 2021

A Winner Is Seen at the Start wins the 11th WEMW

Trieste 2021 – WEMW/Awards

A Winner Is Seen at the Start wins the 11th WEMW

The debut project by Kazakhstan’s Zhannat Alshanova received the Film Center Serbia Development Award  

28 January 2021

When East Meets West launches its Digital World

Trieste 2021 – WEMW

When East Meets West launches its Digital World

Part industry event and part variety show, this year’s digital edition of the co-production market promises a playful and immersive experience  

22 January 2021

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